Nonrandom Evolution

“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”


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Europa, Water, and Life — [An Astrobiological Perspective]

Europa, Water, and Life – [An Astrobiological Perspective]

Without a doubt, Europa is one of the prime candidates in our search for alien life in the Solar System. Europa is one of Jupiter’s satellites, and you can think of it as big ball of ice filled with saltwater with some surprising estimates showing that Europa could quite possibly have a greater overall amount of water than does Earth.  It’s currently unknown how thick the ice shell is, with estimates ranging all the way from 3 km to 170 km thick! (I’ll explain this in further detail later.) But, we know life requires more than just a liquid like water to survive, it needs energy, too! Let’s dig in!               Continue reading

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